'''Richard Henry Savage''' (June 12, 1846 – October 11, 1903) was an American military officer and author who wrote more than 40 books of adventure and mystery, based loosely on his own experiences. Savage's eloquent, witty, dashing and daring life may have been the inspiration for the pulp novel character Doc Savage
In his youth in San Francisco
, Savage studied engineering and law, and graduated from the United States Military Academy
. After a few years of surveying
work with the United States Army Corps of Engineers|Army Corps of Engineers
, Savage went to Rome
as an envoy following which he sailed to Egypt to serve a stint with the Egyptian Army
. Returning home, Savage was assigned to assess border disputes between the U.S. and Mexico, and he performed railroad survey work in Texas
. In Washington D.C.
, he courted and married a widowed noblewoman from Germany.
Savage returned to San Francisco with his wife to stay...